Empties & Mini Reviews | June

Monday, July 10, 2017




So in keeping up with my Empties and mini reviews in the format that seems to be working best for me, I have a whole bunch of stuff to share with you guys today that I managed to use up in June. Unfortunately and shockingly this month I have so few products I actually enjoyed and would repurchase and so many that I am more than happy to see go in the recycling bin. Without further ado I give you my June Empties and a whole helping of disappointment...


THE ONES I WILL DEFINITELY REPURCHASE

Korres Bergamot Pear Body Milk
I am so sad this was only a deluxe sample because I could easily use this for the rest of my life. This body milk smells delicious and is hydrating enough throughout the day to make me want to get my hands on some more of these.

Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser
This was kindly gifted to me by Binita and I'm so grateful to have tried it. Sadly it's still not available here in UK but I hope it will be soon because it's a super affordable melting gel cleanser that can be used for makeup removal and/or skin cleansing. It melts into an oil and you can add water for a more milky cleanse. It's smells like delicious coconuts and although it can leave a film when you use it as a balm, it is hydrating and skin softening.

OGX Argan Oil Miracle In Shower Oil
I really made the most of this versatile oil. It lived in my shower caddy and mostly I would use it in the winter as a wash off body oil to layer my moisturiser over because my body gets super dry in the cold weather. I also loved using it before or after washing my hair to make it more manageable and shiny.


THE ONES I MIGHT CONSIDER REPURCHASING (basically if they go on sale)

Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser
There was a time when this sweet smelling number was my favourite cleansing balm of all. But these days, having tried so many more, I think I prefer actual balms whereas this is a gel. Also, this doesn't get waterproof makeup off as efficiently as I'd like and so it's not one I'm desperate to have back in my stash but if the right sale came along, I could be tempted to use it again.

SuperFacialist Vitamin C Glow Boost Skin Serum
I used this up pretty quickly mainly because it was such a pleasurable product to use. It smells amazing, just like my beloved cleansing oil from the same range - that sweet orange scent that smells edible. The light cream texture absorbs into the skin right away and feels so skin smoothing, hydrating and makes my skin instantly appear more glowing. I can't say I noticed anything more significant but if I find this in TK Maxx again for a few quid I would happily use it again.

SkinTruth Intensive Heel Repair Balm*
I know there's plenty of product left in this tube but I couldn't squeeze anymore out and since taking that picture I've snipped the tube and am still using the rest up. I liked this foot cream but didn't love it and that's simply because the moisturising and hydration effects don't last long enough for me. My feet are extremely dry, my heels are very rough and so when I apply a foot cream it needs to soothe and hydrate for longer than a couple of hours. Having said that I love the scent of this and used this tube up quite quickly. 

Templespa Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream
This smells amazing. I suppose that's the point because it's meant to be aromatherapy meets skincare. It is such a soothing and relaxing scent and combined with the lush formula, this night cream would be such a treat to apply when you're feeling particularly stressed. 

I also used up:

Benecos Hand & Nail Cream
Ren Bio-Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream
Soap & Glory The Scrub Of Your Life


THE ONES I NEVER WANT IN MY LIFE AGAIN, NEVER NO WAY

Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser
I love the packaging of this - that bright yellow and the chunky housing really excites me. That's all I can say I like about this really very pricey moisturiser! I tried applying this straight or with a hydrating serum and every way it still makes my skin feel very dehydrated and I get that tight, pulling sensation that I detest. On top of that, the scent puts me right off. It smells almost like that chemical/synthetic banana scent, which I generally hate and makes me want to puke. Which then makes this smell like hint of puke to me (I wish I was being dramatic). I'm just glad this was such a small pot because I would never purchase a full size having tried it.

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
I literally forced myself to use this sample up and now I can't think why when I hated it so much. I can't say there's anything special about the formula or ingredients that warrants the price tag from my user experience. But the worst thing about this is the texture. It's almost a dry textured cream that crumbles when you touch it. You pick up a few scrapings and then have to warm it between your fingers to make it melt and then apply. Once applied it's not hydrating enough to make me want to spend quite so much on the full size either. The texture though, very odd.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
I've seen so many people herald this as their favourite The Ordinary product; some even go so far as to say it's their favourite skincare product of all time. But this literally did nothing for me. At its best it was mildly hydrating. At its worst it made my skin feel dry & tight straight after applying moisturiser or oils, and the sticky tacky texture is really not something I could grow to love. Yes it's affordable, but that doesn't mean I want something that doesn't work in my routine. I'm so glad to see the back of this and again, I'm wondering why I bothered to use it all up.

MOA The Green Balm
I got this as part of one of my initial Latest In Beauty boxes. I had such high hopes because I'd seen this brand online and it appeared completely enchanting. But sadly upon opening this pot I found that the balm had congealed at the top, forming a thick layer I had to tear open to get to the remaining product. But the balm itself had a funky smell, had a weird gritty texture and didn't seem at all that different from Boots Botanics Organic Super Balm which I didn't enjoy using too much either.

Boots Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream 80% Organic
I love the Botanics Triple Age Renewal Hydrating Eye Serum and thought this would be amazing too. But it isn't very hydrating for me and I feel like if I had younger skin then maybe this could work for me. But I need something super moisturising under my eyes that isn't too heavy or greasy for the daytime and this just didn't do it for me. I used it on my neck for a while but then just gave up because I just didn't enjoy using it at all.

Balance Me Skin Bright Toning Mist
I was so excited about this product but it wasn't great to me at all. The mist had a very strong scent and although I can't identify what it smelled like it was far too overbearing. Also, once I sprayed this onto my face it was very wet and left tiny bubbles all over my skin which I would then have to pat in to make them disappear. Thankfully I do believe this product is now discontinued.

The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream
This is the first time I've tried a lip cream and its the last time I tried a lip cream. I really didn't enjoy the texture of this. It also wasn't an enjoyable eye cream to use either so this goes even though I've barely used it.

Organii SPF50 Sun Milk
I used this on my girls and its just so thick that it took me a good 10 minutes to work it into their arms and legs until the white cast disappeared. And even then they all turned a little grey/lilac toned from the white cream. One simply doesn't have the time to be working the SPF into the skin for that long every morning.  


What have you been using up lately? Is there anything here you are/were interested in? Do you love Empties posts? I'd love to know...



Sal xxx
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*This post features PR/Gifted items. All opinions are my own & 100% honest. Please see my Disclaimers for more information.

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30 comments

  1. I'm a big fan of the Korres Body Milks too and the scent range is beautiful! The Rodial moisturiser sounds hideous & I hate thick SPFs that leave you exhausted after application! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I know, your Korres stash is to die for. I wish I had tried this sooner, because now I want to smell them all xxx

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  2. I haven't tried the Korres Bergamot body milk but I tried other scents and they are absolutely delicious!! The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a great product for me, it is almost empty and my skin loved it. Too bad you didn't like it. Happy Monday Sal xx

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm glad it works for you hun. I wish my skin liked it too because this product would save me so much xxx

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  3. The Hyaluronic Acid from the Ordinary only worked for me when used with another Serum. On its own, it wasn't hydrating enough. I'm a bit surprised with your experience of the Skyn Icelandic eye cream as I'm sure I also had a sample of this and don't recall sharing the same texture as you. Did your's come in a sachet?

    Toni | sheergloss




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    1. After our little investigation on Twitter, I am so curious to know what the texture of the eye cream is meant to be ;) xxx

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  4. I'm not the biggest coconut fan, but the Yes to Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser sounds really lovely! I love Skyn Iceland in general, but I will definitely try to avoid their Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, it just sounds awful! Thank you for sharing :)

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

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    1. Well, it might be worth getting a sample of the eye cream if you can. Apparently the texture isn't meant to be so strange xxx

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  5. Shame the Botanics Hydrating Eye Cream was disappointing. Love your mini reviews xxx

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    1. Thanks love, I'm glad. And yes I much prefer the other one xxx

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  6. I am the same, I force myself to finish unwanted products and then I ask myself why. I guess I am sorry for the money already spend...

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  7. I don't get the hype around the Ordinary Hyaluronic acid. I found it hydrating initially but didn't find the effects long lasting. I really like Skintruth foot cream, I'm surprised you've used it uo so quickly haha xx

    www.lpagebeauty.com

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    1. Surprised? I told I have severely dry feet. I literally applied this like 3-4 times a day hahaha! xxx

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  8. I definitely need to make an order from the ordinary. I also need to try the say yes to cleansing oil. I'm a massive fan of cleansing oils.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  9. Thanks for your honest reviews of these products! I think people get really taken in when a product or brand is hyped up ie. The Ordinary...

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    1. Yes, I think its because everything is so affordable that people are so taken but I just expect more from my skincare xxx

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  10. I find it amazing how you finish products so quickly especially when you have so many on the go. I didn't like the yes to coconut hydrating face mask but that cleanser is still intriguing me. I've heard so many good things about the MOA green balm so it's such a shame you didn't get along with it.
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. I have so many things that are half used that I'm working on using up...that's why. Lol! The balm was a sample size so I assume the full size jar is probably better at protecting the product inside xxx

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  11. I like the way you have split out what you would repurchase. I'm currently loving the CT Magic cream and its nearly finished - debating whether to repurchase or try something new xx

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. This format makes it easy to write and read I feel. I have a Magic Cream sample I need to try xxx

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  12. I agree about the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, I've used it up, it gave me some boost of hydration but nothing major.
    I might use your idea of empties post, Sal (with credit of course) As it's seems so much better to write only about those remarkable (good or bad) products. xx

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. Absolutely...this format is like 4 different people's ideas and suggestions all in one and it definitely makes it easier to stay motivated to post Empties xxx

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  13. The Yes to Coconut cleanser sounds just what I like. Great job using up so many products :)

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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    1. Thanks for reading love, and yes its a lovely cleanser xxx

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  14. I love you Sal for being the one person who has the same experience as me with The Ordinary HA serum! You are my soul sister! LOL! Shame about the Rodial moisturizer too, I know Rodial price range is like a stake shove up your arse so when the product doesn't work, it's like taking that same stake and stab it into your heart and wallet.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Haha...you are absolutely my soul sister, not just about the HA serum but also that analogy about Rodial ;) Thankfully I got this pot with their Heroes collection and I love the cleanser and the acid mask but this moisturiser is just a big no! xxx

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  15. Oh you are the first person that I see that says a The Ordinary product isn't good! Maybe everyone is giving much hype to the brand?

    carolinasmakeuplife.blogspot.pt

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    1. It just isn't effective on my skin, I've heard some other say the same xxx

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